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NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 8): Andre Drummond Cleared to Return, Giannis Antetokounmpo Doubtful Thursday

NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (April 8): Andre Drummond Cleared to Return, Giannis Antetokounmpo Doubtful Thursday article feature image

Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Thursday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

NBA Injury News

4:30 p.m. ET Update: Jordan Clarkson has been added to the injury report with a sprained right ankle and is doubtful to play Thursday. Mike Conley is not listed on the injury report in the second leg of a back-to-back, indicating that he will be available.

DeAndre Bembry and Fred VanVleet have been suspended for one game for their roles in an on-court altercation. Talen Horton-Tucker was also suspended one game for his role in that incident.

Andre Drummond has been cleared to return for the Lakers Thursday night after sitting out with a toe injury. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said Kyle Kuzma will be a game-time decision due to significant tightness in his calf.

Two key injuries could put a damper on a great matchup tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo is once again listed doubtful ahead of Thursday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks and will likely miss his third straight game due to a sore left knee.

Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis have alternated starts with Antetokounmpo sidelined the last two games, and both should see an increase in playing time once again. Kristaps Porzingis, who returned to the Mavericks’ lineup last night after missing two games, is doubtful Thursday on the second leg of a back-to-back.

The Toronto Raptors will remain without VanVleet, Kyle Lowry and Rodney Hood on Thursday. VanVleet is sitting for the third straight game with a strained hip. Hood is unavailable for the fourth straight contest with a strained hip and Lowry hasn’t played since the end of March.

On the other side of the matchup, Lauri Markkanen is officially listed probable after he was kicked in the leg on Tuesday. Zach LaVine and Coby White are also probable Thursday; LaVine continues to deal with a lingering sprained ankle that forced him to miss time recently.

Drummond and Kyle Kuzma are probable ahead of their game agains the Miami Heat Thursday. Drummond has been out a week with a toe injury since making his Lakers debut. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel stated that Drummond would return to the starting lineup over Marc Gasol once he was  cleared to play. Kuzma is dealing with a strained calf, but has led the Lakers with 35 minutes per game since LeBron James has been sidelined.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)

Lakers Projected Lineup

PG – Dennis Schroder
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Markieff Morris
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Andre Drummond (Toe) is active and Kyle Kuzma (Calf) is questionable

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Victor Oladipo
SG – Jimmy Butler
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Trevor Ariza
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Tyler Herro (Foot) and Gabe Vincent (Knee) are probable; KZ Okpala (COVID Protocols) is out

Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET)

Bulls Projected Lineup

PG – Tomas Satoransky
SG – Zach LaVine
SF – Patrick Williams
PF – Thaddeus Young
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Zach LaVine (Ankle), Lauri Markkanen (Leg) and Coby White (Neck) are probable; Garrett Temple (Hamstring) is out

Raptors Projected Lineup

PG – DeAndre Bembry
SG – Gary Trent Jr.
SF – OG Anunoby
PF – Pascal Siakam
C – Chris Boucher

Injury news: Kyle Lowry (Foot), Rodney Hood (Hip), Patrick McCaw (Knee), Fred VanVleet (Hip), Paul Watson (COVID Protocols) and Jalen Harris (Hip) are out

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Darius Garland
SG – Collin Sexton
SF – Isaac Okoro
PF – Dean Wade
C – Kevin Love

Injury news: Larry Nance Jr. (Illness), Jarrett Allen (Concussion) and Dylan Windler (Knee) are out

Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Theo Maledon
SG – Svi Mykhailiuk
SF – Aleksej Pokusevski
PF – Kenrich Williams
C – Moses Brown

Injury news: Isaiah Roby (Concussion), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Foot), Lu Dort (Concussion) and Darius Bazley (Shoulder) are out

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks (9 p.m. ET)

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Bobby Portis
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Knee) is doubtful; PJ Tucker (Calf) is out

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Josh Richardson
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith
PF – Nicolo Melli
C – Maxi Kleber

Injury news: Trey Burke (Calf) is probable; Maxi Kleber (Leg) and Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) are questionable; Willie Cauley-Stein (COVID Protocols) and JJ Redick (Heel) are out

Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Pistons Projected Lineup

PG – Saben Lee
SG – Hamidou Diallo
SF – Josh Jackson
PF – Saddiq Bey
C – Mason Plumlee

Injury news: Jerami Grant (Knee) and Rodney McGruder (Elbow) are out

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Tyrese Haliburton
SF – Buddy Hield
PF – Harrison Barnes
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Norman Powell
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Jusuf Nurkic (Knee) is questionable

Jazz Projected Lineup

PG – Donovan Mitchell
SG – Joe Ingles
SF – Bojan Bogdanovic
PF – Royce O’Neale
C – Rudy Gobert

Injury news: Mike Conley (Rest) and Juwan Morgan (Calf) are doubtful

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Abdel Nader (Knee) is doubtful

Clippers Projected Lineup

PG – Patrick Beverley
SG – Paul George
SF – Kawhi Leonard
PF – Marcus Morris
C – Ivica Zubac

Injury news: Serge Ibaka (Back) is out

Phan’s Bet to Watch

As of 4:30 p.m. ET, Justin Phan is seeing betting value in one game: Bulls vs. Raptors. To get instant alerts when he sees an edge and his analysis on those picks, sign up for Action Labs.

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